Heart Health - Three Things to Ask Your Dad's Doctor

Heart Health - Three Things to Ask Your Dad's Doctor
The American Heart Association states that more than 42 million senior men and women have some form of cardiovascular disease. Between the ages of 60 and 79, it's believed that 7 out of 10 have cardiovascular disease, while 8 out of 10 seniors aged 80 or older do.

It's important to keep up with your dad's medical care. It's equally important to ask the right questions at your dad's next checkup.

What Diet and Exercises Do You Suggest to Aid Heart Health?

Your dad should start focusing on diet and exercise, especially if he hasn't in the past. Many doctors recommend a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, low in fat, salt, and sugars, and high in fiber. Ask your dad's doctor what is recommended specifically for your dad.

Also delve into the best exercises for heart health, mobility, and balance. Some of the recommendations you may hear are yoga, tai chi, and walking. Be sure to find a program you know your dad would enjoy and that won't cost him too much money if he's on a tight budget.

Are Any of the Prescribed Medications Going to Impact Safety?

If your dad takes medications, make sure you discuss side effects that can risk his safety. Some medications may make him drowsy, so he shouldn't drive while taking them. Others might affect his balance by causing dizziness. Be sure you know the possibilities.

It's also smart to ask if any could be less effective or have serious side effects when taken with an over-the-counter medication. Some prescription vitamins, minerals, and herbal remedies also conflict with certain prescription medications. 

Did You Notice Anything That Could be a Sign That Heart Disease is a Risk?

Doctors don't always delve into the detail you want. You may have to be blunt and ask if the doctor noticed anything concerning. Your dad's blood pressure may have been borderline. The doctor may have noticed mild swelling in the ankles. These are signs that shouldn't be ignored without an explanation as to why it happened.

If it's hot and humid outside, mild swelling may not be concerning. If it's the middle of winter, it may be more troubling. If your dad was stressed over the doctor visit, increased blood pressure may just be an effect of the stress. If he was calm and collected, you may want to watch blood pressure over a span of time to see if it's always borderline or if it comes and goes with activity or worry.

Your dad may need help to make sure he takes medications daily, eats the right foods, and gets enough exercise. If you find him struggling with some activities of daily living, senior care services are there to help. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Cottonwood Heights, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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